China Likes Coal

China now burning as much coal as the rest of the world combined

China’s coal use grew 9 percent in 2011, rising to 3.8 billion tons. At this point, the country is burning nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined.

There’s just one catch: India is also growing rapidly and demanding ever more coal. By 2017, the IEA expects India to become the world’s second-largest coal consumer, surpassing the United States.

Want a better sense for why climate change is such a daunting problem? Check out this striking new chart from the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

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